07/23/14 1:35pm

This is a great idea. One of those why didn’t I think of it moments…


The D.C. region’s dogs want for little, between doggy spa days and organic, artisan dog food. Now, if they’ve had a few too many truffle mac-n-cheese treats, there’s a place they can go to get in shape.

Frolick Dogs, located in a warehouse building on Colvin Street in Alexandria, is the brainchild of Kevin and Kim Gilliam, a husband-and-wife team who bonded over dogs and decided to turn it into a business.

Kevin had pursued his passion for dogs through dog training, working for years at the Olde Towne School for Dogs. When Kim, who has an MBA from Cornell and had worked in marketing and communications for various associations over the years, wanted to start a business, it seemed like a natural fit, she said.

Read more about the news business at this link.

07/23/14 12:58pm
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce annually honors businesses for their significant role in driving the City’s business community and economic growth. To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the organization must be setting the standards for excellence and innovation with their business practices and community involvement.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain great exposure for your company and be recognized for your success and celebrate your achievements among the entire Alexandria business community.

Nominations are open through July 31, 2014. To review eligibility guidelines and/or to download a nomination form, click this link.

07/23/14 10:16am

There was a motorcade that traveled up and down Washington Street last night. Apparently it was Vice President Joe Biden who was dining at Mount Vernon.

(H/T Lisa)

07/23/14 9:55am

I know my son will only eat certain items on the Alexandria public schools menu. Like many Alexandria public school kids, he turns his nose up at the rest of the menu. What about your kids? What do they think of the ACPS menu?

Via Herald Online

As the debate on school lunch reform continues to rage on at the national and state government level, a new survey found that less than six percent of parents feel the recent reforms have resulted in any meaningful healthy changes in the foods served to their children. Conducted by the Life Time Foundation, a private operating foundation created by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM, the survey tallied 1,079 parents’ thoughts regarding school meals.

Survey participants suggested that government guidelines and implemented changes nationwide aren’t resonating with parents. Most notably, 29 percent said they weren’t sure what the new guidelines are and 22 percent said that the guidelines didn’t seem to improve the lunches at all. Moreover, 43.8 percent said that more change needs to be implemented.

When deciding to purchase school lunches, survey respondents said price and convenience weren’t as important as quality of ingredients. More than 72 percent are willing to pay up to $2.00 more per meal for healthier meals for their children, and 83 percent said they would have their child purchase school meals more often if the offerings were all natural. Notably, 72 percent of parents also said they regularly review the nutrition content of the food they serve their kids at home, while 60 percent of parents have never looked at the nutritional information of foods supplied at school.

Read more at this link.

07/22/14 6:33pm

Maine Halibut with Pickled Peach Panzanella from Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VirginiaAt Restaurant Eve, guests receive the freshest fruits and vegetables handpicked each day from Chef Armstrong’s 2,000 square foot garden behind the restaurant. Full of bounty from six various basils, to a wide variety of herbs such as green grey santolina, night jasmine, good king Henry, lemon grass, and fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, kale, collard greens, blueberries and peaches.

Eamonn, the youngest Armstrong, spends the summer with his father in the kitchen in charge of harvesting the fruit that will be used on one of the seasonal menu favorites that includes an unusual combination : pickled peaches-”I pick them, cut them, and pickle them in vinegar, sugar and spices- my dad says it’s the the perfect balance of sweet & sour.”

Tahitian Vanilla Semifreddo from Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VirginiaThe peaches are added to Armstrong’s take on the traditional Italian bread salad panzanella, Maine Halibut with Pickled Peach “Panzanella”. The dish is finished with sautéed ciabatta tossed in olive oil, and micro & African blue basil, also from the garden.

Pastry Chef Joshua Jarvis adds the pickled peaches on one of his dessert’s, Tahitian Vanilla Semifreddo.

Restaurant Eve is located at 110 South Pitt Street in Old Town Alexandria. For more information about Restaurant Eve, click this link. To reserve your table, visit this link.

Be sure to pick up Chef Cathal Armstrong’s fantastic cookbook My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve available now.